Man dead, his daughter injured when struck by small plane on the beach

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Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 4:24 pm

VENICE, Fla. -- The NTSB is investigating why a small plane had to make an emergency landing on Caspersen Beach Sunday. That emergency landing resulted in the death of a 36-year-old man on the beach, and critically injured his daughter.

“He knew he couldn’t make it back to the airport and was going to try to land on the beach. He did land at the edge of the water on the beach,” says Sarasota County Sheriff’s spokesperson Wendy Rose.

The emergency landing resulted in the killing of one man and critically injured a little girl. The man's wife was also sent to the hospital, overwhelmed by tribulation.

The victim was identified Sunday night as 36-year-old Ommy Irizarry from Georgia.

His daughter is 9-year-old Oceana.

Witnesses believe the family didnt see the plane coming. “I really didn’t hear anything. It was rather quiet. I suspect the motor went out. They couldn’t hear it coming and it must have run out of fuel and just hit him,” said witness Zack Arceneaux.

The pilot, identified as 57-year-old Karl Kokomoor of Englewood, and his passenger, 60-year-old David Theen of Englewood, were uninjured.

Irizarry Family
Irizarry Family Courtesy: Facebook

A spokesperson with the NTSB out of washington tells ABC 7 that they will pick up the investigation first thing in the morning.

UPDATE:  Oceana Irizarry has passed away from her injuries

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